Earlier this week, the UN announced that an agreement was reached with the Ethiopian Government to allow “unimpeded, sustained and secure access” ... for humanitarian supplies to reach those in need across areas now under its control in Tigray. But until a complete end of hostilities is announced, Ethiopians remain on edge.
I grew up in Ethiopia during the days of the military government. For years before its overthrow in 1991, the national army was locked in a protracted ... war against rebel movements in the north. It was common in those days to hear state media reporting the capture or recapture of towns from rebel forces. The parading of prisoners of war made daily headlines.
On Saturday night, Ethiopia's Prime Minister declared that the northern city of Mekelle was 'under [the] command of National Defense Forces'. ... Abiy's claim that the city of half a million people is under control is impossible to verify given the current telecoms blackout. It also leaves the future unclear. Here are three scenarios for how things might turn out.
The overriding concern of non-regional actors in the Red Sea arena is freedom of navigation through the Suez Canal, Red Sea, Bab el-Mandeb, and ... Gulf of Aden. In this final part of our series, we look at the constant quest and struggle for control of the Red Sea waterway by non-regional actors and their impact.
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Following Sudan's revolution over a year ago, a peace agreement has been signed and political changes are taking shape with increasing speed. ... But attention must be directed to elements that can make or break peace in Sudan, including dealing with past atrocities, centre-periphery relations and the role of the military in nation building. In this eighth part of our series, we explore how Sudan's peace determines the stability in the Red Sea basin.
It is almost three weeks since a large-scale war started in the Tigray region of Ethiopia involving a multitude of internal actors and external ... military players. That this is happening in a country where the African Union (AU) is rooted, with its overarching slogan ‘silencing the guns in Africa’, is puzzling, to say the least.
The Red Sea is a magnet for international and regional powers. And who governs the sea, governs one of the most valuable trade routes feeding ... and fuelling the east and the west. In this seventh part of our series, we look at why the region must put in place an inclusive framework of collaboration.
Foreign investors are queuing up to invest in Ethiopia’s telecoms sector, which will soon bid adieu to the state monopoly. However, the rules ... of the road are not yet clear, and conflict in the north may put things on hold.
When news broke last October that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had won the Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopians were somewhat divided. As could ... be gleaned from headlines, some must also have been ambivalent. Amid these diverse reactions, the strangest were those that tried to defend the award by equating it with national pride. Can the Nobel Peace Prize really serve as a source of national pride for Ethiopians?